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Category Archives: Spirituality

16
August

Recognizing the ego

Written by jayson. 2 comments Posted in: Ethics, Philosophy, Spirituality

Everything we do or say is painted by our own experiences and our own values. The truths we state, and the opinions that we make, are not just reflections of everything we’ve become, but creations. It is for this reason that it is important to be acutely aware of what we say and do and [...]

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July

Letting go of Fear

Written by jayson. No comments Posted in: Ethics, Philosophy, Spirituality

Recently I’ve faced some rather critical life choices, and the power of it all shook me to my core and caused me to completely re-evaluate my life, where I am in it, and what I want out of it. It caused me to confront something that everyone must confront, but even I never have, because [...]

05
July

The Ego is a Tool

Written by jayson. No comments Posted in: Philosophy, Spirituality

Up to now I’ve been beating up on the ego a lot. But like all abstractions, it is necessary and non-arbitrary to be who you are with your ego. This dawned on me that perhaps there needs to be another way to talk about it, and that’s when I realized the best way to describe [...]

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November

Just a quick post: This is an excerpt from Beyond the Frontier of the Mind, by the Indian mystic Osho. Great read, and captures a lot of what I am saying here.

Source: http://www.naturalistsalmanac.com/ One of my desires is to realize a cyclic existence. For reasons of both upbringing and inherent appeal, the seasons of the year are one of the largest influences on this realization. While seasons vary widely depending on where you live in the world, but their key influence, the Sun, goes through cycles [...]

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September

There is an argument form that is useful in deconstructing abstractions one has held previously. It involves the fact that, if two things are equivalent, then they are equivalent and there is no use talking about the difference; in a sense, a third way of thinking is born. For example: If I claim that every [...]

13
September

Reason as a ritual

Written by jayson. No comments Posted in: Philosophy, Rituals

What is a ritual? Rituals are actions or a series of actions that we take for the purpose of satisfying desire and engaging the Process. They involve either realizing or deconstructing abstractions – but usually doing so purposefully, even if we aren’t aware of the purpose*. They are the tools we use to believe in [...]

The concept of the soul is an abstraction that is in use by almost every single spiritual paradigm that humans have realized over the course of their history. As I have said before, abstractions are necessary and non-arbitrary, so the ubiquitousness of this particular abstraction should not be taken lightly. Perhaps the most immediately apparent [...]